I am pretty sure that YA fantasy and science fiction publishing imprints all got together to conspire against me, because I swear nearly everything comes out on September 3rd. (Too bad it isn’t October 3rd, amirite?)
There are a lot of amazing sounding books coming out next month and I am desperately seeking a Slump-Be-Gone serum so I can read them. But here’s my list of books releasing in September that I cannot wait to get my eyeballs on once I feel like reading!
📝 In case you are wondering how I manage to keep track of upcoming releases and choose the books I am most excited to highlight, check out my Edelweiss 2.0 Guide!
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✨✨ September 3 ✨✨
The Girl the Sea Gave Back
by Adrienne Young
Young Adult, Epic Fantasy
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.
For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.
Pre-Order Incentive (US) ARC Review to Come
Have I read Sky In the Deep yet? No. But that doesn’t mean that I am not excited to read this new standalone set in the same world!
Darkdawn (Nevernight Chronicle #3)
by Jay Kristoff
Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
The Republic of Itreya is in chaos. Mia Corvere has assassinated Cardinal Duomo and rumors of Consul Scaeva’s death ripple through the street of Godsgrave like wildfire. But buried beneath those same streets, deep in the ancient city’s bones, lies a secret that will change the Republic forever.
Mia and her brother Jonnen must journey through the depths of the ancient metropolis. Their quest will take them through the Godsgrave underdark, across the Sea of Swords, back to the library of the Quiet Mountain and the poisoned blades of Mia’s old mentors, and at last the fabled Crown of the Moon. There, Mia will at last discover the origins of the darkin, and learn the destiny that lies in store for her and her world. But with the three suns now in descent, and Truedark on the horizon, will she survive?
New York Times and internationally bestselling author Jay Kristoff’s writing has been praised by critics and readers alike and has won many awards, including five Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, and David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards.
Pre-Order Incentive (International) ARC Review to Come
Fun fact: I requested Darkdawn on Edelweiss months ago assuming that I would be declined. I was approved and thus the Universe was telling me to get off my ass and pull Nevernight off my damned owned TBR. I haven’t done that yet but I am planning a #WeekOfStab reviews for the trilogy next week, slump permitting.
There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1)
by Katy Rose Pool
Young Adult, Epic fantasy
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it?
For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.
All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:
A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.
One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes.
Pre-Order Incentive (US & Canada) ARC Review to Come
This one has been on my most anticipated list of the year, and I am so excited that it is almost here! I’ve had an eARC for ages but of course I haven’t read it yet. But I am excited to be attending her author event later in September!
✨✨ September 10 ✨✨
Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1)
by Tamsyn Muir
Adult, Science Fiction, Space Opera
The Emperor needs necromancers.
The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.
Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.
Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.
Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.
Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.
Of course, some things are better left dead.
ARC Review to Come
I’m a simple girl. I was sold by “the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton” and black sprayed edges.
Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4)
by Kerri Maniscalo
Young Adult, Mystery, Historical
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.
Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.
Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?
I am new to the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, but I loved the first two books and can’t wait for this!
The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2)
by Margaret Atwood
Adult, Dystopian, Speculative Fiction
When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death.
With The Testaments, the wait is over.
Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” —Margaret Atwood
I’ve been incredibly excited for this one since it was announced, but I am going to be honest: I might not be able to read it anytime soon. It’s just too close to reality these days and I don’t know that I can stomach this. But I have it on pre-order and hope to one day read it and watch beyond season 1 of the Hulu show.
✨✨ September 17 ✨✨
The Babysitter’s Coven (The Babysitter’s Coven #1)
by Kate M. Williams
Young Adult, Fantasy
Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.
And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree.
Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?
The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”
Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.
ARC Review to Come
I about lost my shit when this cover was revealed back in January. Buffy meets the Babysitter’s Club? This is the mashup that I never knew I needed.
A House of Rage and Sorrow (The Celestial Trilogy #2)
by Sangu Mandanna
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Space Opera
“Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? Just a house of rage and sorrow.”
Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titania beside her, how can she possibly fail?
As gods, beasts, and kingdoms choose sides, Alexi seeks out a weapon more devastating than even Titania. Past lives threaten the present. Old enemies claim their due. And Esmae cannot outrun the ghosts and the questions that haunt her. What really happened to her father? What was the third boon her mother asked of Amba? For in the shadows, lurking in wait, are secrets that will swallow her whole.
The House of Rey is at war. And the entire galaxy will bleed before the end.
If ou’ve been around for any period of time, chances are you have seen me screech about my love for A Spark of White Fire. In fact, I organized a group readalong for the book this month to get people to read the book ahead of this release! I’ve been slowly re-reading the first book this month, savoring it, before I dive into this sequel, but I feel like it is almost time for me to be consumed.
✨✨ September 24 ✨✨
The Bone Houses
by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Young Adult, Historical Fantasy
The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it about Ellis that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?
Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.
This cover! Holy hell! I was sucked in by it and then I read the synopsis and onto the TBR it went.
Rules for Vanishing
by Kate Alice Marshall
Young Adult, Ghost Stories
Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?
It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.
Pre-Order Incentive (International) ARC Review to Come
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to read an excerpt of this book and won a review copy from Bookish First! This book wasn’t on my radar at all, but I was sucked into the narrative style and I think this will be a perfect fall read to get ready for Spooky Season.
Are any of these books on your TBR? Have you read any of them yet? What are the September releases that you can’t wait to get your hands on?